My name is Jonas Knotts and I am excited to be a part of the vibrant learning community that has been built here at Aurora. I believe that a school serves as the heart of its community. With that in mind, I hope to work with each of you to further reinforce our already strong community roots and traditions of success. It is my goal that every students who enters our doors will find a positive, caring, and nurturing environment where character counts, successes of all types are celebrated, and finds a community of professionals dedicated to helping guide them in their journey through life. Success is measured by more than grades. Success is also measured by growth in character traits such as: resiliency, persistence, empathy, and kindness. It is my goal to build a school community that is focused on educating the whole child and I look forward to working with you as we navigate this journey together.
A little bit about my professional self, I served as principal at Bruceton School for one year and taught career and technical education, social studies, and media arts at Webster County High School in Upperglade, West Virginia for eight years. At WCHS I also sponsored our Educators Rising chapter which is a career and technical student organization dedicated to helping aspiring teachers join the profession. I also supervised our media webcasting and livestreaming initiatives. Before that, I worked in the TV and radio news fields in North Central West Virginia for about 12 years. I am a graduate of West Virginia University, Fairmont State University, and Marshall University. I grew up in Preston County in Fellowsville and graduated from Preston High School.
Personally, I am a huge Mountaineer fan and bleed gold and blue! During my time at WVU, I was a 4-year member of the Pride of West Virginia and played the saxophone. My other favorite teams are the Pittsburgh Pirates, Penguins, and Steelers. As far as my Pirates, one day they’ll win the World Series again … one day. I also enjoy good coffee, reading history, and other nonfiction. My parents are both retired teachers from the Preston County system and still live in Fellowsville. My mother taught early elementary and my father taught middle school science and geography. I have a younger sister who is a physical therapist in Charleston.
Jonas Knotts – Aurora School Principal